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September 15, 2009


Sheila Campbell

Yes, Richard, I'm originally from New Orleans, and I agree. There's so much wrought iron in N.O., often graceful and sometimes whimsical. I think the influence back then came from the Spanish, but of course the city was settled by both French and Spanish. Makes me think of home.

Vicki Archer

Another pretty Parisian secret Richard, xv.


The elaborate use of ironwork permeates throughout the architecture of the French Quarter of New Orleans. Some examples were wrought one by one, requiring great skill and strength utilizing a hammer and anvil, while other iron features were cast into a mold allowing exact duplicates to be made. Others are a combination of wrought iron and cast iron. Most famously, ironwork is used in the railings of balconies and galleries that are so prominent in New Orleans. Balconies project outward from a building's facade and are extensions of an upper floor. Galleries are supported by columns or posts reaching to the ground and therefore usually the width of the sidewalk below.

The hotel door featured in your posting while fanciful, is not characteristic of the intricately detailed, lace-like ironwork of New Orleans French Quarter.


This hotel, Grands Degrees, has charming rooms painted with bold murals, much like a Hollywood set straight from the Gene Kelly movie, "American in Paris" ! You might enjoy a tour. They have no elevator but carry up your luggage for you! The attached restaurant is very tasty also! It is a delightful "Parisien"-style hotel for artistic romantics.

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